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How to Register to Vote in Minnesota

You can register to vote online, by mail, or in person with your local election official OR at the polls on Election Day.

Once you register, you can check your status using the state’s online Voter Status search.


You can register to vote online using the MN Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration Application.

By Mail

To register by mail, download and complete the Minnesota Voter Registration Application.

The form is designed so that when you fold it, the return address is already printed for you.

NOTE: Visit the state’s Voter Registration Applications section if you need another a special version of the form (e.g., a large print version or one in another language).

In Person

Using the same Minnesota Voter Registration Application, you can register in person at your local county elections office OR at the polls on Election Day. Find your polling place here.

If you register on Election Day, you must bring the required identification documents listed below under Required Identification for MN Elections.


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October, 2014 Newsletter

It’s Crunch Time!

We’re now in what’s called GOTV (Get Out the Vote) time for our candidates. If you haven’t had time to help, now’s the time when you’re needed the most. Why?

When Dems Vote, Dems Win

We have the number of voters in our district to assure that our candidates win. The problem is getting them to realize that voting when a presidential candidate isn’t on the ballot is critical. That’s where you come in. With your help either going to a voter’s door or calling a voter on the phone can help get them to the polls.

If you’ve got several hours, that’s wonderful. If you only have an hour or so, your time will still make a difference. So, please join us.

Rep. Yvonne Selcer, HD48A


Rep. Selcer’s Get Out the Vote efforts are being handled as the rest of her campaign events have been, at the CD3 DFL Coordinated Campaign Office, 915 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN. When you have a spare hour or more, go there and help her reach more voters.

Joan Howe-Pullis, HD48B Candidate


Joan continues to knock doors and phone people daily. Her campaign events are on our SD48 DFL calendar on this site.

Starting October 31, we’ll be moving to GOTV efforts on the B-side of our district working from 18285 Croixwood Ln.

If you’d like to help Joan’s campaign or if you’d prefer to not leave the district to help our DFL ticket, that’s where you should go. We’ll be posting more specifics about this as we move toward Election Day, November 4.

HD48B GOTV Efforts from October 31 through Election Day

If you’re able to help with phoning or knocking and don’t want to work outside our district, e-mail us at info@dfl48.org. Let us know what times your available and what you’d like to do. We’ll get back to you with specifics on our GOTV efforts. We’ll need help with lot of different things.

Here’s an easy way for you to volunteer:


Can You Host a Lawn Sign?

Our local House candidates are hoping to build visibility with lawn signs. If you’re willing to have one in your yard between now and Election Day, please e-mail us at info@dfl48.org. We’ll pass your information along to our candidates.

Our DFL Ticket

To see who else is on the ballot, visit this post. We’ve also included information on the Eden Prairie City Council seats up for election this year and information on the judicial races we’ll have on the ballot.

Toward the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to print out actual sample ballots to take with you to the polls.

Did You Vote Early?

You can check the status of your ballot by visiting this website. If you see there’s a problem, you have time to get things straightened out by contacting your City Clerk.

If You Haven’t Cast Your Ballot Early, You Still Have Time

If you hate waiting in lines or aren’t certain if you can make it to the polls, you have the option this year to do early, no excuse absentee voting.

Eden Prairie

Weekdays between now and October 31, you can go to the City Center, 8080 Mitchell Rd, to vote. You will be able to vote between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. On November 1, you can vote between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. On November 3, you can vote from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Visit the City Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345 during the hours below:

Saturday, October 25:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 28, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 29, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 30:  8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 1:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, November 3:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm

If You Vote Early, Take a Dem Friend

You can help make a difference by talking with a Dem friend or neighbor and inviting them to come with you. You can vote together at your local City Center (no separate polling locations until Election Day).  Know someone who can’t or doesn’t drive? Take them with you. You’re ensuring their vote counts.

Not Certain if You’re Registered to Vote?

This year, you can visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website to:

If you’d prefer to register in person, you can go to the City Clerk’s office at your municipality’s City Center and fill out the form there.

 Have College Students in Your Family?

Make certain they’re voting this election, especially if they’re in Minnesota. If possible, have them vote at home. That helps our local House candidates as well as our “upticket” candidates.

If they’ve voted via absentee ballot, you can use the Secretary of State’s website to determine if their ballot has been received.

League of Women Voters House Candidate Forums

Didn’t get to the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum? You can watch it here:


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Minnesota Debuts Online Absentee Ballot Request Tool

On June 18, 2014, Doug Chapin posted on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs blog a great article on the State’s new online absentee ballot request tool. He included the complete release from the Secretary of State’s office:

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota voters can now request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org through a new tool launched by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The service allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email. A similar tool for military and overseas voters was introduced in September 2013.

Voters may request an absentee ballot for both the August 12 Primary Election and November 4 General Election. Ballots for those elections will be mailed when they become available on June 27 and September 19, respectively.

“Providing online services that are efficient and convenient for voters leads to greater voter participation, helping to ensure every eligible voice can be heard in our elections,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Ritchie adds the new tool saves election officials’ time and reduces errors by eliminating the tasks of manually entering voter data and interpreting handwriting.

Upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may use the “Absentee Ballot Lookup” tool at mnvotes.org to find the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office.

Voters may continue to request absentee ballots by mail, and vote absentee in person at their county elections office, as well as a select number of cities.

‘No Excuse’ Needed to Vote Absentee
The Office of the Secretary of State expects an uptick in absentee balloting in 2014 as Minnesota voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee, such as being ill or out of their precinct on Election Day. As a result, more voters can vote early by absentee to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place.

In Minnesota’s last non-presidential election in 2010, there were 127,248 absentee ballots cast, about 6 percent of the total 2,123,369 votes cast.

Eligible voters may learn more about the absentee ballot process at mnvotes.org.

How the “Request an Absentee Ballot” Tool Works
Voters requesting an absentee ballot online complete the online application at mnvotes.org. Their information is verified against data from the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services or Social Security Administration. Local election officials review the application, and if approved, send the voter their absentee ballot so they may vote early.”

The author goes on to note that our state law states that “any ballots received on election day (1) after 3:00 pm, if delivered by an agent; or (2) after the last mail delivery, if delivered by another method, shall be marked as received late by the county auditor or municipal clerk and must not be delivered to the ballot board.

So, if you’re sending in an absentee ballot, don’t wait until the last minute so you don’t find your ballot wasn’t counted.

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DFL opens 18 campaign offices across the state

Party is powered up, ready to win in November

DFL LogoWith a focus on turning out base DFL voters, the Minnesota DFL has opened 18 offices across the state.

“Thanks to our strong fundraising, the DFL has built a campaign organization to help us win up and down the ballot,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “The DFL is staffed up to talk about our growing economy, historic investment in education and tax relief for the middle class and get voters out to the polls for the DFL this fall.”

Three metro area offices are hosting official openings in the coming days.

  • Congressional District 5, 2410 E. 38th St., Minneapolis: Gov. Dayton and his running mate Tina Smith, Sen. Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison and legislators will speak at the office opening and barbeque at noon, Saturday, June 21.
  • Congressional District 3, 915 Main St. W, Hopkins: Rep. Steve Simon, the DFL-endorsed candidate for Secretary of State, Sharon Sund, the DFL-endorsed candidate for CD 3 and DFL legislators and candidates will speak at the office opening event 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21.
  • Congressional District 2, 4555 Erin Dr., Suite 260, Eagan: DFL Chairman Ken Martin, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, Mike Obermueller, the DFL-endorsed candidate for CD 2, Rep. Steve Simon, the DFL-endorsed candidate for Secretary of State, and DFL legislators and candidates will speak at the office opening event Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m.

The DFL also has offices open in Albert Lea, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Mankato, Moorhead, Morris, Rochester, Shoreview, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Virginia, and Willmar.

Martin said in addition to talking with voters about the promises made, promises kept by DFL leaders, field staff will also promote the new no excuse absentee balloting.

“Voting is now easier than ever in Minnesota,” Martin said. “No excuse absentee balloting makes voting more accessible to people with busy lifestyles or have concerns about getting to the polls. People can vote early in person or by mail and not worry about getting to the polls Nov. 4.”

For information on how to request an absentee ballot to vote early, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office at www.sos.state.mn.us and click on “Elections & Voting.”

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This Year’s Early Voting is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Voting-ArtworkIn past elections, you needed to have a reason why you wouldn’t be voting in your precinct on Election Day.  With the law passed this year by the DFL-controlled Legislature, people can now vote via absentee ballot without having an excuse.

Here’s all you have to do:

1.    Apply for an absentee ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State by clicking here, or visit your city or county election office. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you after receiving your application. You do not have to provide an excuse for not voting on Election Day in person.

2.    Fill out the absentee ballot. You’ll be asked to have a register voter or notary verify that you received a blank ballot and you were the person to vote.

3.    Return the absentee ballot via mail, fax, email, or drop it off in person at your city or county election office the day before the election.

 Early voting opens this month, June 27, for the Aug. 12 primary election. Applications are being accepted now for no excuse absentee ballots. Not registeed to vote? Voter registration information will be included with your absentee ballot.

There’s no excuse not to vote in 2014! Support our DFL-endorsed candidates and vote today.

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